Mortgage Application Guide For First Time Buyers

Follow our simple mortgage application guide for first time buyers.

If you’re making your mortgage application soon, or you’re still on the path to saving your house deposit, start preparing for your mortgage application now. The amount of time it takes to get mortgage approval can depend on a lot of factors and the whole process can be very stressful.

You can help make sure your mortgage application is as straightforward as possible by following our steps below. This will help give you a clear picture on what documentation you have to provide for a First Time Buyer mortgage. Watch our short video below to see what paperwork you will need in advance.

Step 1: Proof of Identity & Address

Proof of identity

Your broker or lender will have to confirm your identity. This will require you to bring your passport or driver’s licence with you. If this is a joint mortgage application both borrowers will have to provide proof of identity.

Make sure to have printed scans of whatever form of identity you are using. This will have to go with the physical paper application.

Proof of address 

Bring your most recent utility bill / phone bill with you or a printed bank statement (statements from a banking online platform, screen grabs or mini statements are not accepted).

Make sure you have proof of address for both applicants. If you are currently renting, a copy of your lease will also work as proof of address.

Step 2: Proof of Income

Revenue & Payslips

Your last P60. If you’re missing your P60 ask your employer to reprint it for you.

Your last months of 3 payslips. If you’re making the application at the end of the month, wait a couple of days to include the most recent payslips. Be prepared to forward newer payslips if asked.

Other Income

Do you have any other sources of income? (This could be rental income from other property, in which case you’ll need a deposit of at least 20%, as you won’t be a First Time Buyer. This will be the case even with joint applicants, where only one has previously owned property.)

Income from a pension or social welfare payment.

Income from trusts or shares.

Salary Certs & Employment

You will need to ask your employer for a stamped salary certificate.

The original must be submitted with your mortgage application. (Make sure you retain a copy before submitting your application).

The salary cert must be stamped with the company stamp. Your employer will have one of these, just make sure you request it.

The salary cert will have details on your terms of employment. e.g. Full time / Part time / Contract / Permanent, and shows your guaranteed wage.

If you are still in your probationary period or with your employer less than 12 months you will have to wait before you can submit your application. All lenders will insist on you having been with your employer for over a year.

Details on bonuses and commissions (This is important if your job is a sales-based role, as part of commissions can be used in assessing affordability. Lenders will usually only factor in 50% of your commission. This figure may be averaged out over more than 3 previous payslips. Make sure that the amount you need to borrow reflects this, and is realistic.

Step 3: Financial Statements

Bank Statements

Original full bank statements for all bank accounts held in your name. You will need at least the last 12 months of accounts.

These must be the full printed account statements from each bank. Copies are not acceptable. These can take a couple of weeks to receive from your bank so order them in plenty of time.

Your mortgage broker/lender needs these statements to see the pattern of income, spending and saving.

Savings & Spending

It is really important to show regular savings of the same amount every week/month. An ability to show significant savings and an ability to budget is very important to lenders.

Even if you have 50% of the purchase price, if you don’t have a clear history of responsible spending and regular saving it will make it harder to get your mortgage application approved.

Debts & Credit Cards

Do you have any debt – Clear it ASAP! Credit Card balances, loans, and Hire-Purchase agreements can prevent you from being offered a mortgage by lenders.

If you’re still a year away from applying, make sure you’re servicing your loans. The lenders will look at your repayment history to show that you are capable of making the repayments on a mortgage. You can check your credit history for free on

Loans – details on any loans that you currently have. For first time buyers these are normally car loans. If you are thinking about buying a home, don’t upgrade your car until after you have bought your home.

Credit Cards – If you have any money owed on your credit card, clear it now. Even if this means reducing your Property deposit amount. Not paying your credit card in full every month is a clear sign of not being able to live within your means

Hire purchase agreements – It’s important to try not to have any current hire purchase agreements. It is another signal to your lender that you may have issues saving and living within your means.

Step 4: Deposit Details

Where’s your deposit coming from?

If it’s your savings, make sure this is included in your financial statements, and put in the full 12 months. This will show the lender that you’ve built your savings.

Fixed Term Deposit Account

If you’ve been using a deposit account with a fixed term, bear in mind that you can’t use this deposit until you have access to these funds. If your savings account will only give you access in 5 months time, that’s when you can start your applications.

Have you received your deposit as a gift?

You’ll need to show where it’s come from. This means a template letter from your gifter, and proof of where their funds have come from, in addition to proof that you’ve received them.

It’s not enough to show a large sum in one of your accounts if you can’t show where it came from. Thinking about this now will save a headache later on. If you are receiving any part of your deposit as a gift you will need a letter from the gifter (normally a parent or relative) stating:

  1. Amount being gifted.
  2. Stating the gifter has no beneficial interest in the property. (i.e. the amount of money been given cannot be turned into a loan).
  3. Bank Statement showing the funds in the gifter’s account and showing the transfer to the mortgage applicant.
  4. Your bank statement showing receipt of the funds (this should be part of your financial statements).

Step 5: Meet your lender / mortgage broker

Have you gone to meet with your Lender/Broker yet?

Make sure you received the Terms of Business from them. Did your Lender/Broker give you a list of the information you’ll need to provide?

Bring a list of any questions that you have. Go through them with your Lender/Broker so you fully understand the mortgage application process and what you are required to provide.

Bear in mind that the mortgage application process can be a long one. You may be asked to provide additional information and documentation. Don’t get your hopes up, and get your heart set on properties until you have approval in principle. This can save heartache and distress on the path to your new home. 

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Debbie Cheevers

Debbie Cheevers

Qualified Financial Advisor

Debbie was born in Dublin and graduated from NCAD with a degree in Visual Communication. She brings a strong customer services background to Greenway.

Debbie qualified as APA in 2017 and a fully qualified financial advisor (QFA) in 2018.

She believes that product knowledge is key to helping customers make the right choices.